Ban confirmed on the insecticide considered harmful to bees

The European Commission has decided not to renew approval for thiacloprid, an insecticide and considered harmful to bees. The decision follows approval by a majority of EU governments in October last year, based on a proposal from the Commission, which banned its use. 

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Gulf Business

Indoor tomatoes produced in Abu Dhabi

The first company producing indoor tomatoes will be operational by the end of 2020 and will triple the amount of tomatoes it currently produces. The facility, covering approximately 5,000 square meters, is currently under construction in the Khalifa Industrial Zone and will be equipped with 5,000 LED lights and a series of automated systems, which will help the “farm” to produce vegetables while reducing water consumption by 30%. 

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Americans, Chinese and Europeans to fly less in 2020

Most Chinese, European and U.S. citizens have said they intend to fly less in order to limit carbon dioxide emissions and their effect on climate change. This was revealed in a survey conducted by the EIB (European Investment Bank), which was based on 30,000 respondents from September 27 to October 21, 2019 in the 28 EU countries, in the USA and in China.  

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The Guardian

Ocean temperatures have reached a record-breaking high

A new study shows that, in the last five years, oceans have reached the highest temperatures ever recorded. Warmer oceans lead to more extreme weather events and disrupt the water cycle, resulting in more floods, droughts and wildfires, as well as an unavoidable sea level rise. Higher temperatures are also harming life in the seas, and the number of marine heat waves has increased sharply. 

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The Telegraph

Plants can now be grown without soil

This is the idea of LettUs Grow, a British company that has developed aeroponic technology: growing vegetables without using soil by spraying nutrients straight to their roots. After securing over £2 million in funding, the aim is now to launch the system on the market and distribute it to farms across the country. 

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New York Times

Alcohol-related deaths have doubled in 20 years

Deaths caused by alcohol have more than doubled in the last two decades due to an 8% increase in alcohol consumption. Men account for three-quarters of the total, but the rate of deaths among women has risen more rapidly: 85% compared to 39% of deaths among men, according to a study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which analysed the 1999-2017 period. 

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